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 THEUBYSSEY
Founded in 1918
Vancouver, B.C., Friday September 14, 1990
Vol 73 No 4
Underfunding increases TA work load
by Michael Booth
A shortage of qualified personnel and chronic underfunding
of graduate programs have combined to force teaching assistants
to assume larger roles of responsibility in course instruction.
"It's something that has been
happening over several years
whereby TAs have been taking over
larger and larger roles of responsibility," said Teaching Assistant's
Union co-coordinator, John Dafoe.
"It's related to chronic
underfunding of education out here
over a long term.
Thisis something thatismore
acute in some departments than
others," he said, adding that English and Education have the biggest problem.
Under terms of the current
collective agreement, teaching assistants are expected to spend an
average of 12 hours per week
working at duties related to the
teaching assistant position.
However this is often an unworkable figure as some TAs are
required to teach, prepare lessons,
hold office hours and mark papers
all within this 12 hours time constraint.
According to Dafoe, this results in one of two possible scenarios.
"They either put in a lot of
work for free or they let the quality
of their teaching duties slip," he
said. "The TA's work in the classroom takes away from their own
research and academic work."
Due to a shortage of qualified
personnel, large courses like English 100 are often taught entirely
by teaching assistants with little
or no help from more experienced
faculty.
"The TA's function is all tutor
ing and marking, but in English it
encompasses teaching a full section of English 100," said English
teaching assistant Deb Blenkhorn.
"We are called teaching assistants
but there is nobody to assist."
However, the head ofthe English department, Herbert
Rosengarten, said that the TA
program in his department is set
up specifically to provide the TAs
with valuable work experience.
"They (the TA positions) are
an excellent teaching experience
that will help them with their
teaching skills and assist them
when they apply for jobs following
the completion of their degrees,"
he said.
Because English 100 is a requirement for all first year students, the workload for the TAs
builds with each new enrollment
into the university. This year the
average studentenrollmentineach
section of English 100 rose from 25
to 26.
"There are 3200 new students
every year and there is not enough
faculty and sessional lecturers to
handle the workload," Blenkhorn
said. "Each student writes ten essays during the school year which
means we mark 260 essays in addition to preparing lessons and
teaching three hours of class per
week."
Currently there are 39 TAs in
the English Department, all students working on their Masters or
Ph.ds. Blenkhorn said that although TAs are paid on a basis of
12 hours per week, a lack of
graduate funding leaves them with
little choice but to work extra hours
for free.
"The average English TA puts
in 15 to 20 hours per week, the last
five to ten of which are done for
free," she said. "Most students who
get offered a teaching assistant
position cannot refuse it because
the funding for graduate students
in this province, and particularly
at this university, is so poor. This
is especially true in Arts departments."
Rosengarten disputes the
claim that the TAs are working for
free and points out that, balanced
over a full year (including the less
busy months of December and
May), the workload of English TAs
averages out to 12 hours per week.
"I think the generality is that
our TAs can cope with the
workload,"Rosengartensaid. TAs
are required to spend three hours
a week teaching, make three hours
a week available for conferring with
students, and the rest of the time
marking and preparing lessons.
"In fact, students don't usu
ally take advantage of the conference hours so the six hours of
preparation and marking turnsinto
nine. Some weeks it (the 12 hour
limit) is adequate while in others it
is more than adequate. Each individual copes with their ow standards of quality in their own way.
"I believe the majority of TAs
would welcome the opportunity to
hone their skill s teachi ng their own
class," he said.
Senate to evaluate
student evaluations
by Mark Nielsen
Twelve years after teaching
evaluation was first introduced,
science student representative
Orvin Lau wants the UBC Senate
to review the process.
Lau introduced a notice of
motion at the Senate's monthly
meeting recommending that an
ad hoc committee be established
to revise the administration of
teaching evaluations in consultation with the faculties and students.
"Student Senate Caucus has
a number of concerns with the
administration of teaching evaluations," Lau told the Senate. "After 12 years, it is also felt that the
faculties can contribute valuable
information through the expertise gained thereby."
In an interview after the
meeting, Lau said that after
twelve years, the time is ripe for a
review of the process, which is
intended to allow students to
anonymously evaluate their instructors by answering a questionnaire.
"It is common for the Senate
to review policies a few years after
they're implemented, and it's been
12 years since it (the evaluation
process) was introduced, so it's
time to review it as well," he said.
At the same time, Lau said he
would like to see a number of possible problems with the system
addressed, most of which are related to potential abuses of process.
Lau said he has heard of professors handing out the forms with
the final exam, asking the students to fill them out then.
"I think that's going too far,"
he said. "You're there to get marks,
not to comment on the prof, and
most exams are designed to not be
finished on time anyway."
Lau has also heard allegations of professors not giving students enough time to fill out the
forms, making up their own forms,
and summarizing the answers
from their own classes before
handing them on to the department head.
"No matter what you do, you
are going to put more emphasis on
the glowing part ofthe comments,"
Lau said.
Another concern is with how
the questionnaires are treated after they are filled out. Although he
does not believe that they are ignored altogether, Lau said the
university's closed door policy creates an accountability problem.
"Some would like to see these
forms made more public so that
they know what the university is
doing with them," he said.
Furthermore, in order to reduce confusion, Lau would like to
see the form become more uniform
across the various departments.
AMS ombudsperson Carole
Forsythe said she has had many
complaints from students about
courses and professors that she
would not have received if the
evaluations were given more consideration.
Lau hopes to see the Senate
adopt the motion at the next
monthly meeting, and from there
launch the committee.
Tiananmen fallout continues
by Paul Abbott
The Chinese government has
introduced new regulations designed to impede a continuous and
smooth exchange of students with
North America, according to the
Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars in the
United States.
This policy change has resulted in far fewer Chinese graduate students going abroad to study.
Here at UBC, one of the effects
has been that none of the ten
students admitted to the Faculty
of Chemistry has arrived; statistics for the approximately 100 expected graduate students in other
faculties were unavailable.
According to a statement released by the U.S. based National
Association for Foreign Student
Affairs (NAFSA), the new policy
requires that "Students must have
private sponsorship(s), (assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, are unacceptable)".
In addition, a labyrinthine
system to verify documents has
been introduced which demands
that a school official, a notary
public or a courthouse and two
levels of government notarize registration and financial support
documents before they are finally
sent to the Chinese consulate for
approval. The papers are then to
be sent to China so that the applicant can apply for a passport.
An NAFSA document described the requirements as "very
time consuming and could take
months to complete, thus delaying
or making it impossible for students to reach the United States
before the start of the fall 1990
term."
The Chinese government has
also introduced a five year work
rule, which requires graduate students to pay for their education
before being allowed to leave the
country.
Dr. Dongqing Wei, a research
associate in the chemistry department of UBC said "visiting scholars are still allowed to come, but
are certified by the government.
They are communists so they don't
have trouble."
Wei is also the President of
the Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars Canada, an
organization of 8,000 members
formed in response to the
Tiananmen Square massacre in
June 1989.
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independently, sponsored by
themselves and scholarships at
UBC are not able to come," Wei
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2 /THE UBYSSEY
September 14,1990 NEWS
Public hearings
begin for FVU
by Mark Nielsen
A six member public consultation group will tour the Fraser
Valley canvassing public opinion
on a proposal to build a university
there.
The group will be chaired by
former Chilliwack MP Harvey
Schroeder.
The members were named
four months after Minster of Advanced Education Bruce Strachan
accepted a report recommending
that a university large enough for
4,000 full-time students be built
in the Fraser Valley by 1995.
The report was written by the
Fraser Valley Access Committee,
which was made up of the presidents of Simon Fraser University,
Douglas College, Kwantlen College and Fraser Valley College.
Schroeder said the group will
hold its first public hearing this
Tuesday (September 13) in
Matsqui and from there is scheduled to make ten more stops in
locations from Richmond to Hope.
Expected to have finished the
tour in mid-October, the group is
then required to submit a report
of their findings to the Ministry
by late fall.
Although the group's terms
of reference requires it to give the
administration, faculty and students of Simon Fraser University
an opportunity to express concerns, a stop at SFU has not been
scheduled yet.
"We need to be invited,"
Schroeder said. "They've been told
that we're available, and if they
want us to come, we will, but it's
possible that they'll just come to
one ofthe other meetings."
SFU Dean of Arts Bob Brown,
who chaired a committee that
looked into the future role of SFU
in the Fraser Valley, said SFU
president William Saywell will
probably provide a written submission.
"I think we're really going to
take a passive role in this," he
said. "We've never really decided
what SFU's role in the valley
would be. We could, if asked, take
a role in planning."
Brown added that the proposal is a political issue which
SFU would prefer not to be involved in. He added that different
groups have emerged supporting
a university, a university college,
and a university-supported college.
The group is also required to
meet with civic officials during
the consultations.
BC instructors cannot unionize
by Rick Hiebert
VANCOUVER (CUP) University
faculty associations across B.C. are
demanding the rightto unionize following the establishment of a new
university in the province.
On behalf of the faculty associations, the Canadian Association
of University Teachers is lodging a
formal complaint with the International Labour Organization to attempt to gain the right to unionize.
Although college and institute
faculty associations may form
unions, Section 80 ofthe provincial
Universities Act makes B.C. the only
province where university faculty
can not unionize. The CAUT is arguing that the act violates the ILO's
convention 87, which protects the
right of workers to organize.
"We think our members should
be the ones to decide whether they
unionize or not and not government
ministers or officials," said Don
Savage, executive director of the
CAUT. A previous appeal to the
ILO in 1977 forced the Alberta government to pass an act allowing
faculty associations to unionize
(although they are not allowed to
strike), a precedent that makes
Savage optimistic for BC instructors.
"We are certainly up in
arms," said Margaret Csapo,
president of the Confederation
of University Faculty Associations in B.C. (CUFABC). "It's
only universities that are discriminated against like this. I
guess the next victims of Section 80 will be the faculty ofthe
University of Northern B.C."
The UNBC Act, which established the Prince George
university, specifically prohibits the faculty from forming a
union.
Provincial advanced education minister Bruce Strachan
opposes allowing faculty unions
at B.C. universities. In June,
when the UNBC Act was introduced in the provincial legislature, he said changing the
UNBC Act to allow a faculty
union would make the new university "second rate and different from other universities."
"The university system in
B.C. is the best in Canada. (Section 80) is certainly not hurting
scholarship or the provision of
education to students," he said.
"The thinking behind this
section ofthe act was presumably that university faculty are
professionals and shouldn't be
treated as organized labour," he
said, adding that he saw "no reason" to allow faculty unionization.
"Is Strachan trying to say that
every group that wishes to form a
union is second rate?" Csapo
asked. "The majority of faculty
associations are unionized and
they aren't second rate."
"A faculty which has the option of choosing whether or not to
unionize is stronger than one that
can't," Csapo said. "Afaculty which
is restrained from unionizing is
made weaker because the university administration knows that
they can't do anything if they don't
like the contract or working conditions they are offered. It's take
it or leave it."
Ed Lavalle ofthe College-Institute Educators Association,
which is supporting the university faculty associations in their
challenge, said "We support them
wholeheartedly. Their right to
collective bargaining is being impaired."
Provincial education critic
Barry Jones said the New Democratic Party is also supporting the
university faculty associations.
"Being able to unionize is a
fundamental right."
Senate approves grading changes
by Mark Nielsen
In order to bringUBC transcripts
into line with those used at other
universities, the registrar's office will
introduce a new grading system by
this spring.
UBC registrar, Dr. Robert Spencer, told the Senate at its monthly
meeting Wednesday night that UBC
will adopt a letter grading system
with grades determined by percentages.
Spencer said the current class
system that UBC uses "can be very
confusing to read in other universities."
Under the new system, grades
will be submitted by the instructor on
a percentage basis, and on the transcripts will be assigned aletter grade.
A major concern with the old
numeric system was that the maximum mark varied from as low as 50
to sometimes as high as 450 if not
more, Spencer said.
"A person may get 90 per cent on
a course, which is excellent, but
if the course was out of 50, that
means only a 45 on the transcript, which is not very impressive," he said.
The breakdown under the
new system would be as follows:
90 -100 per cent A+
85 - 89 per cent A
80 - 84 per cent A-
76 - 79 per cent B+
72 - 75 per cent B
68-71 per cent B-
64 - 67 per cent C+
60 - 63 per cent C
55 - 59 per cent C-
50 - 54 per cent D
0 - 50 per cent F
Under the old system, a first
class was 80 per cent and above,
a second class was between 65
and 79 per cent, a pass was between 50 and 64 per cent and a
fail was below 50 per cent.
Spencer also announced the
unit system will be replaced with
a credit system, with 1.5 units
equalling three credits, also to
bring UBC into conformity with
other universities on a semester
system.
Additionally, Spencer asked
the Senate to group the spring and
summer sessions into one session
— called the summer session —
made up of a spring and a summer
term.
Implementing the new system
would make registration more cost
effective, Spencer said. Instead of
having to pay separate tuition fees
for spring and summer sessions,
students could pay for courses in
both terms at one time. Spencer
said this would cut down on the
number of computers needed and
make the fee structure easier to
handle.
"The advantages aren't overwhelming, but it does put into an
effect a rationalization that would
make registration more efficient
and more cost effective," Spencer
said.
September 14,1990
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interpreter of the meaning of the Constitution, Bylaws and
Code of the Society
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• The position of Chief Justice must be filled by a third year
law student.
Applications Available from SUB Rm 238
Application deadline is on
Friday, September 21,1989
at 4pm in SUB Rm 238
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NDP victories wiU affect BC - or not
by Merlin Levin
Examination of Ontario and
Manitoba election results are unimportant to BC's future, UBC
political science professors said,
but campus New Democrat and
Social Credit club presidents disagree.
Initial perceptions are that the
people have finally come to accept
NDP policies and this may not be
far from the truth.
"Ontario was important," said
UBC Young New Democrats president Mark Keister. "(It) shows we
can win and take seats" and "blaze
new territory even in a province
which is traditionally viewed as
conservative. In the west the NDP
is the only alternative to the
rightwing parties."
However, UBC Young Socreds
presi dent Mina Leekha said "I don't
think it will have an effect on the
politics of B.C., because different
issues face all three of the provinces. I am worried about economic
repercussions of the NDP win in
Ontario for the rest ofthe country,
for example, the 90% capital gains
tax is an extreme and radical step
which will undoubtedly hurt the
economy ofthe province."
UBC political science professor Paul Tennant did not believe
the impact would be so great. "The
big factor was that they have three
parties while there are only two
here," he said. He did stress however that "now, the NDP must be
recognized as a mainline party.
Suggestions of (its) fringeness (are)
not credible." This new found credibility will likely force a revision of
Social Credit policy, he said.
"There probably will not be a
big transition," said Ken Carty,
also a UBC political science professor. He added that access to
government positions may make
NDP operatives available for work
on anyfuturein B.C., and likewise,
Conservatives from Manitoba may
assist the Social Credit party with
election expertise. He also noted in
an examination of the actual raw
vote per riding in Manitoba that in
many cases the difference came to
only a few hundred votes.
Given the oft made comparisons between Mike Harcourt and
the circle of "new" New Democrat
Party leaders, one possible result
will be the adoption of a wait-and-
see approach delaying a BC election until the spring of 1991. This
will allow B.C. voters to compare
NDP Ontario with Socred BC, a
comparison that Vander Zalm
must hope will be negative.
Strachan tells students to hit the road
By Rick Hiebert
VANCOUVER (CUP) Thousands
of students who have been turned
away from over crowded Lower
Mainland colleges and universities have been told by B.C.'s advanced education minister to go to
the other end ofthe province.
Bruce Strachan said last week
that students unable to get into
Vancouver campuses "should consider the North or the Interior if
they are really stuck."
"I think it would broaden
students' education to leave the
Lower Mainland," he said. "If a
student seriously wants to pursue
educational opportunities in B.C.,"
he said, "they should be prepared
to look outside the Lower Mainland."
He added that the provincial
government was committing $690
million in the next five years to
creating 15,000 new undergraduate spaces to work on the accessibility problem.
"For Strachan to suggest such
a thing (students moving) is asinine," said Brad Lavigne, B.C.
chair of the Canadian Federation
of Students. "It shows how out of
touch this government is. If it could
be done, it would be a band-aid
solution to the real problem, which
is underfunding."
Strachan said there was room
at several colleges as of last week
for Vancouver area students.
However, registrars at Northern
and Interior colleges said that, by
and large, their campuses are full,
making a large influx of Lower
Mainland students unfeasible.
At Okanagan College in
Kelowna, registrar Trevor Braem
said there has been a 24 per cent
increase in enrollment since last
year. "We've had more that we can
cope with," he said. "We're having
to turn away people for the first
time."
"I don't think (Strachan)
knows what is happening in the
Interior," Braem said. "What he
said would have made sense, particularly in our case, a year
ago., .but if any of those people unable to find spaces in Vancouver
came here, we'd be unable to help
many of them."
Cariboo College registrar Josh
Keller said that dozens of local
students were unable to get all the
courses they wanted. He said the
Kamloops college had a 27 per cent
increase in university transfer enrollment.
"We're very full," Keller said.
College of New Calendonia
registrar Dale Gruntman said
"Quite a few programs are full."
Some courses had been oversubscribed and local students had been
having trouble getting all the
courses they wanted, he said.
Many other registrars expressed similar concerns. One registrar, however, said his college
could make room for "several
hundred" students from the
Vancouver area. However, Northern Lights Community College is
in Dawson Creek, over 1,000 km
from Vancouver.
"We've got a lot to offer in the
North," said registrar Glen Ruhl,
"especially to those young people
who are just trying to get on their
feet and may not have the kind of
budget that is required to live comfortably in Vancouver."
"The uniqueness of our semi-
wilderness or wilderness is like an
exchange program built into our
own province," he said. "And the
winters aren't that bad."
4 /THE UBYSSEY
September 14,1990 FREE WORKSHOPS
BY THE OFFICE FOR WOMEN STUDENTS
FALL 1990
The Office for Women Students offers a number of programs and workshops FREE of charge which have been designated to
address the particular needs and interests of women students at UBC.
PROGRAM TITLE
ECT Workshop
Thursdays (1 session)
September 20
12:30
-1:30 pm
BUCHANAN
A100
Essay Skills
Thursday (3 sessions)
October 18, 25, November 1
12:30-
■ 1:30 pm
BUCHANAN
B212
*Coping with Campus
Tuesdays (1 session)
September 25
12:30
- 2:20 pm
BROCK
204D
Time Management
Tuesday (1 session)
October 16
12:30-
- 2:20 pm
BROCK
204D
•Procrastination
Thursdays (1 session)
November 1
12:30-
- 2:20 pm
BROCK
204D
*Stress Reduction
Wednesday (2 sessions)
November 14, 21
12:30-
■ 2:20 pm
BROCK
106
*Assertiveness-
Social
Fridays (3 sessions)
October 12,19,26
12:30-
■ 2:20 pm
BROCK
106
Fear of Fat Video
and Discussion
Thursday (1 session)
October 18
12:30-
2:20 pm
BROCK
204D
*Pre-registration at Brock 203 required for all programs except Essay Skills, ECT Workshop and Fear of Fat Video.
For Further information, call 228-2415.
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MODIFIED GSS DENTAL PLAN
COMMENCES OCTOBER 1
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MODIFICATIONS TO THE PLAN
Following discussions with Blue Cross and the College of Dental Surgeons of
B.C., the Graduate Student Society (GSS) Dental Plan has been expanded to
provide limited coverage for students wishing to utilize a dentist not on the GSS
list of preferred dentists.
For Students Using a Preferred Dentist, the plan works exactly as described.
Coverage is as listed in previous literature and students will not be required to pay
the dentist for the portion of the services covered by the plan.
For Students Using Other Dentists, the plan may not operate exactly as
described.
First, a dentist who is not on the preferred list may choose not to offer the same
discount as those on the preferred list. Because the insurance coverage is based
on dentists charging a reduced fee (80% ofthe current B.C. Dental Fee Guide),
the plan will cover only a portion of those procedures billed at a higher level. For
example, an examination and cleaning is covered 100% at a preferred dentist. If
however a student visits a dentist who chooses to charge 100% of the current B.C.
Dental Fee Guide, the plan will cover only 80% of the cost of the same
examination and cleaning. The student would be responsible for paying the
balance of the cost.
Second, it may be necessary for the student to pay the dentist for the work
performed and then apply to Blue Cross for reimbursement. Details of claim
procedures and claim forms will be available in the GSS office after October 1.
The names and addresses of the preferred dentists are available from the GSS
office. It is possible to have your dentist added to the list of preferred dentists;
she/he should contact Dr. John Adams at 1-800-668-9967 for plan details.
ENROLLMENT DEADLINES
The GSS Dental Plan Fee of $86.00 is a mandatory fee approved by the UBC
Board of Governors. The: GSS regrets that due to computer difficulties, it is
necessary to collect the fee separately and use the library cards for verification
of payment.
Students must pay the fee or complete opt-out forms (if covered under another
dental plan) by Friday, September 21 (Wednesday, September 26 for evening
students). You may pay the fee or complete an opt-out at the GSS office from
9:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday or in the Main Library from 10:00am
to 2:00pm during the week of September 17 through 21. The GSS office will be
open from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on September 18,19,25 and 26 to accommodate
evening students. This fee cannot be paid as part of your regular tuition fees, it
must be paid separately and directly to the GSS.
Students who renewed their library cards prior to September 4 are reminded that
unless the fee is paid or an opt-out is completed by the deadlines, their library
cards will be deactivated on October 15.
COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, SPECIAL SITUATION ?
Students with comments, questions or special situations are encouraged to
contact the GSS office at 228-3203,9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday,
or write to the:
Dental Plan Action Committee
Graduate Student Society
Graduate Student Centre
6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1W5
September 14,1990
THE UBYSSEY/ 5 AUS ELECTIONS:
Nominations are open for:
1. 1 st year rep.
2. 2nd year rep.
3. Vice President (Dept. Comm.)
4. General Officers
5. Grad. Class Reps. (5 to be elected)
Forms can be picked up in BUCH A107,
and are due no later than 4:00 pm,
Thursday, Sept. 20th.
Voting day is Friday, Sept. 28th.
CUP
St. Mark's
College
Roman Catholic Theological College
On U.B.C. Campus
Announces Courses
for 1990 - 1991
Graduate Courses:
1) Augustine: A Christian Transformation of Culture
Thursdays, 1st Term, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
2) Theological Themes in Literature
Mondays, 2nd Term, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Non-Credit Courses
(normally six weeks starting week of Sept. 17):
1) The Book of Revelation
Mondays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
2) Ethics of Daily Life
Mondays, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
3) Personalities in the Middle Ages
Mondays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
4) Two Traditions of Prayer: Teresa of Avila, J. Main
Wednesday, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
5) Galileo, Science and the Catholic Church
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
6) Thought and Spirituality of Thomas Merton
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
7) St. Mark's Little Theatre: 3 Productions from Beckett
Non-Credit Courses
(normally six weeks starting week of Jan. 14):
1) Paul, Prisoner of the Lord
Mondays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
2) The Church in Today's World
"Mondays, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
3) The Church in B.C. History
Mondays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
4) The Religious Vision of Bernard Lonergan
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
5) Canadian Catholic Religious Women
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
6) Darwin, Evolution and the Church
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
7) Jewish Christian Relations
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
8) Faith and Post Vatican ll Architecture
Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
Pastoral Courses (both terms):
1) Fundamentals of the Catholic Faith
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 PM, starting Oct. 9
2) Pastoral Care of the Sick & Aging
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 PM, starting Sept. 11
3) Third World Immersion
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, starting Sept. 18
& 4 weeks next summer.
Registration:
Registration for St. Mark's courses is normally done at the
first class.
For the fee schedule consult our Calendar. For course
descriptions consult the same Calendar.
ST. MARK'S COLLEGE
5935 Iona Drive, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1J7
(604)224-3311
NDP win leaves Ontario
students unprepared
by Clive Thompson
TORONTO (CUP) — Ontario's
university community isn't sure
what to expect from the province's
new NDP government.
Jim Jackson, president ofthe
Ontario Federation of Students,
said although the NDP has traditionally supported OFS's goals,
there's noindication how BobRae's
government will deal with post-
secondary education.
The NDP's short-term policy
has advocated raising students'
weekly living allowance and providing more student grants rather
than loans. Zero tuition is the
party's long-term goal.
"But we're still a little disappointed with the NDP in that they
didn't talk much about post-secondary education during their
campaign promises," Jackson said.
"Some of their policies are
consistent with what we've been
asking for, although the question
now is to see if they do it."
University of Toronto president Rob Prichard also said the
NDFs relative silence on university issues during the campaign
makes it hard to tell if the party
will increase university funding.
But Prichard said he is optimistic because universities may
find it easier to lobby and influence a new government. He also
note d that Rae—a U of T graduate
— is familiar with the university
system.
"I think Mr. Rae knows the
university well. He knows the importance of ahigh quality of education," Prichard said.
The Council of Ontario Universities, a provincial lobbying
coalition, is less sure.
"Who knows at this juncture?
We don't have much to go on," said
COU executive director Edward
Monahan. "But the (NDP) has indicated an interest in university
funding."
Human rights protection to
include lesbians and gay men
by Jeff Harrington
and Beth Beattie
HALIFAX (CUP) — A small crack
hasappearedinthelegislativepack
ice facing lesbians and gay men in
Nova Scotia.
In an unexpected move last
week, the province's Human Rights
Commission acted on its own to
prohibit di scrimination on the basi s
of sexual orientation, after the
government had cringed twice at
the idea.
"In all places where the Nova
Scotia Human Rights Act refers to
sex as a prohibited ground of discrimination, it shall be interpreted
also to mean sexual orientation,"
the commission announced.
But Chris Aucoin of the Gay
and Lesbian Association of Nova
Scotia said only a law can guarantee human rights protection for
gays and lesbians, who are estimated to comprise 10 to 15 per
cent ofthe population.
"Interpretations can change at
the discretion of the commission,
and until this is tested in the courts,
we will have no assurance of its
legal strength, even as an interim
measure," he said.
Dalhousie University law
professor and commi ssion member
Wayne MacKay said a court challenge of the new interpretation
could go either way: while the Supreme Court of Canada has recently taken a broad approach to
human rights acts, the letter ofthe
law says "sex," not "sexual orientation."
"This uncertainty will prevent
people from laying complaints because they don't want to go public,
go through all the investment, and
have the whole thing thrown out,"
he said.
The president of Gays and
Lesbians at Dalhousie, Julie Lewis,
said she hopes students will support the commission's decision.
"Dalhousie is a centre for
learningandhigher education, and
people are less likely to discriminate on the basis of irrelevant per
sonal characteristics," she said. But
she warned the announcement may
result in increased homophobia as
the issue of gay rights is raised.
In 1988, a task force on AIDS
recommended the Act be amended.
Attorney-General Tom Mclnnis
has pushed for changes for two
years, but the provincial cabinet
has twice refused to accept the recommendations.
Earlier this year, Environment
Minister John Leefe caused a storm
when he tied acceptance of gay
rights to events at the Mount
Cashel orphanage in Newfoundland.
MacKay dismissed Leefe's
linking of pedophilia and homosexuality, and said the commission will continue to push the government for "statutory protection."
Only Quebec, Ontario,
Manitoba and Yukon have human
rights acts that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
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6 /THE UBYSSEY
September 14,1990 THE ARTS
Lynch remains wild at art
by Roger Kanno
OKAY. Wild At Heart is a
sick and gory movie, but is
it art? Judging by the reputation
ofthe director, David Lynch,
and the Palme d'Or award the
movie won for being the best
film at Cannes, it would seem to
be art. However, Lynch has
walked the fine line between art
and exploitation before with
Blue Velvet.
MOVIE
Wild At Heart
Cineplex
Opened August 30
Lynch is one of only a
handful of American directors
who have succeeded in bringing
an alternative style of moviemaking to a wide audience. His
popular and critically acclaimed
television series Twin Peaks is
evidence of his unique style of
direction. For those not familiar
with Twin Peaks or with
Lynch's other films, Wild At
Heart may be a shocking
experience.
Wild at Heart stars Laura
Dern and Nicholas Cage along
with an exceptional cast which
includes Diane Ladd, Harry
Dean Stanton, Crispin Glover,
Willem Dafoe and about a dozen
actors from Blue Velvet and
Twin Peaks making cameo
appearances. Mix this kind of
talent with Lynch's directorial
vision and serious weirdness is
inevitable.
The plot has something to
do with two young lovers, Sailor
(Cage) and Lula (Dern), who are
travelling cross-country to get
away from murderers and Lula's
oppressive mother - played by
Dern's real-life mother, Diane
Ladd. But that's not important,
after all this is a David Lynch
film and story-line takes a back
seat to the strange and bizarre
imagery.
For instance, in Wild At
Heart the audience is treated to
a man getting his head blown off
by a shotgun, a woman's face
seen through a magnifying glass
as she has an abortion, two fatal
motor vehicle accidents, various
images from the Wizard Of Oz, a
lot of breasts and more fornicating than you can shake a stick
at.
What story-line exists in the
movie is mostly abou*. the love
that exists between Lula and
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HilleVs Famous
Hot Lunch
"Hillel Day"
featuring a Falafel Feast
Tuesday, Sept. 18
12:30 PM
Wed. Sept. 19, 12:30 PM :
Torah Study Group
with Dr. Leonard Angel
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Sailor. Amid the squalor, the
murders, and the various forms
of sociopathic behaviour, their
love remains unquestioned.
Their love is in stark contrast
with and highlighted by their
horrific surroundings.
He plays it as a cross
between Elvis and
Charles Manson
Even with such a fantastic
supporting cast, Cage and Dern
emerge as the true stars ofthe
film. The sometimes annoying
Cage is totally engrossing as the
"manslaughterer" Sailor. He
plays it as a cross between Elvis
and Charles Manson. Watch for
the subtle way he delivers some
ofthe funniest lines in the film.
Absolute dead-pan. Laura
Dern's performance is equally
impressive. She deserves an
Oscar or at least a nomination.
If the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences did
not have such a collectively
uptight, masturbatory mind set,
Dern would be a shoe-in for best
actress.
So is it art? Maybe.
There is no doubt that the
cinematography is excellent as
well as the acting, but the
director's vision has come under
question. When Wild At Heart
captured first prize at Cannes, it
was roundly cheered as well as
booed. What Lynch has achieved
amid all the controversy is
stretching the boundaries of
what is considered acceptable in
a major motion picture release.
There are two scenes in the
movie which may help to
summarize the film for viewers.
In one scene, Sailor explains
how his snake-skin jacket is a
symbol of his individuality and
belief in personal freedom. In a
way Wild At Heart may be
David Lynch's celluloid, snake-   .
skin jacket. The other scene
would be the one in which
Sailor and Lula arrive in Big
Tuna, Texas. The fish-shaped
sign that they drive by on
their way through town has the
words "Fuck OfT spray painted
on it.
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Winter Sports Centre
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228-6121
228-6125
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Squash - Racquetball Contracts
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• These will be a one court week contract with no reduced fee's.
• Courts will be issued strictly on a first come first serve basis with payment required in full.
• Special rates available only on presentation of valid student AMS card or faculty/staff card.
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THE UBYSSEY/ 7 THE FRINGE FESTIVAL
THE FRINGE FESTIVAL
Empowerment; the Fringe purpose
Getting beyond,..
Beyond The Fringe
Vancouver East Cultural
Centre
1895 Venables Street
Transit: Broadway Skytrain
Station, Number 20
(Victoria)
Sept.17-18 $10; Sept.19-22
$12; 8:00 p.m.
The VECC announced Thursday
its selection of shows to carry
over from the Fringe. The shows
are as follows:
Mump and Smoot in "Caged"
With Wog
Sept.17
Clowns of darkness, they were
selected to go Beyond the Fringe
last year as well.
(See The Ubyssey short review in
Tuesday's issue.)
Journey Into Ecstasy
Sept.18
A cheeky act that makes use of
excellent props and interacts
strongly with the audience.
Maharini and the Maple Leaf
with Men Inside
Sept.l9and21
Maharini presents the clash of
ethnicity with westernized
aspirations for movie stardom
-Using fabulous humour that does
justice to the complexities ofthe
situation.
(See The Ubyssey review in
Tuesday's issue.)
Men Inside is a cabaret-style
feminist deconstruction of the
North American male psyche.
The Bronte Brothers': A
Farce to Offend
with A Florentine Tragedy
Sept.20 and 22
Bronte Brothers present a
brilliant, farcical treatment of
Bronte's Jane Eyre and
Wuthering Heights.
(see The Ubyssey review in
Tuesday's issue.)
Florentine gives us lust, violence,
and tragedy in Oscar Wilde's
classic piece.
Why Bother About the Fringe?
Fringe focus
by Harald Gravelsins
Does passion reside only in
your genitals? Does it even
reside there?
Then maybe you can't get
interested in the Fringe. There's
always television.
Some people can't stand
having their lives programmed
for them. They can't stand the
boring complacency of life as an
unending series of ruts. They
can't stand having no say in
what their lives are about, and
no say about how their lives are
lived. They cant stand the
loneliness of impersonal workplaces and the numbness of
suburban sprawl.
These people are pissed off
with the status quo.
What is to be done? Make
the rich pay? Set up a royal
commission on alienation? Tune
in, turn on, and drop out?
I don't think so.
How about getting together,
laughing, crying, singing,
shouting, dancing, speaking up.
How about letting your feelings
out, talking about your ideas,
reaching beyond your self and
taking the risk of going public.
Sounds out of place with the
mainstream doesn't it? Actually
it sounds like the Fringe, a
frenetic merry-go-round of
voices, images, humour, feelings,
ideas, and passion.
Passion brings performers
and audiences to the Fringe.
Passion that we can make life
into more than it is at present,
passion about things as plain as
honesty, in all its beautiful,
messy, ridiculous and tragic
permutations; passion about the
magic of performance.
Why bother about the
Fringe?
Because it's a good time.
Because ifs wide open to its
audiences. Because it confirms
that people from the community
working together creatively can
move us to think beyond our
limitations and empower
ourselves.
The Fringe ends on Sunday.
Do try to get down to it. Bother
about it.
It ain't over yet!
by Greg Davis
The New Girl is a witty and
endearing play about two elderly
ladies in a nursing home.
Fringe Festival
The New Girl
Mount Pleasant Community
Centre
Held over, Fri, Sat, 4:15pm
Those of us who have had experience staying with elderly
people know how often their concerns are brushed aside, how they
are often treated as children without the respect they deserve,
whether from family or professionals.
The New Girl conveys the bitterness felt among the aged, how
once strong women who struggled
through the hungry years of this
century are now disabled and neglected.
Helen Purkis is the bedridden
Clarrissa, whose bladder problem
makes going to the bathroom a
challenging prospect. Bette
Thompson is "the new girl", Flo, a
fiesty woman in a wheel chair,
infatuated by her wig of golden
locks. Both actresses are utterly
believable as their characters; two
Elanor Rigbys with a comic twist.
Their reflections ofthe past are at
times humourous as well as distressing, exhibiting thoughts that
most members ofthe audience are
bound to share and understand.
Purkis and Thompson make a
great duo, casting darts at each
other in their haughty arguments,
then taking time out to console
and compliment each other. They
emerge through their emotional
ordeals as comrades, coping with
their biological deterioration and
retaining their sense of dignity.
As Flo comments to Clarissa,
"We may be old and left over, but
we ain't alone, not yet."
At the Night Cafe
By Leah Postman
The title of UBC BFA
graduate David Mackay's new
play, Beyond The Night Cafe,
refers to a Van Gogh work of
the same name. Most ofthe
play takes place on a set that is
an enormous reproduction of
the painting.
FRINGE THEATRE
Beyond The Night Cafe
Cinderella Ballroom
Fri - Sun 5:45 p.m.
The Night Cafe is "a place
where one can ruin oneself"; it
is the house of madness. The
set, more than anything else in
this drama, is a silent comment
on what happens when art
becomes larger than life. Art, as
the ruling consciousness,
ultimately sucks life in and
destroys it.
Self-destruction and
madness, and so artistic
expression, are the basis of
reality for Strindberg (Gerry
Mackay) and Van Gogh (John
Murphy), the playwright and
painter who inhabit this place
of ruin. The Night Cafe is an
oasis where they can escape the
demons that ultimately drive
them mad, but it is also the
place where one goes when one
can no longer create.
Interestingly, or perhaps
predictably, the demons that
drive the artists mad take a
female form. Or The Woman, as
she is named in the play.
Strindberg is haunted by the
image of his wife, Siri (Michelle
Porter). Van Gogh is taunted by
a female voice which tells him
he has no talent to paint.
Things come to a head
when a chanteuse/prostitute
figure arrives and is hailed, by
Nietzsche, as the true modern
woman (in being completely
sexualized; as the men are
emasculated by madness, so she
teases and torments them).
The play is very good at
portraying Van Gogh and
Strindberg and depicting their
descent into madness. Most ofthe
dialogue seems derived from the
actual correspondence ofthe
artists. Furthermore, the play as
a whole is very funny and creative
in its organization.
Sadly, amidst all the talk of
madness and the modern age, the
emotional connection is lost. The
actors have so much to say there
is no time for reflection or comment. We are shown their psychic
agony but we do not experience it.
It also seems that The
Woman is represented as the face
that stares out ofthe abyss when
the modern man gazes in. She is
certainly this for Strindberg. As
prostitute she is the focus of Van
Gogh's loneliness, of his need to
be loved. But who is she beyond
these roles? Why is she in these
roles in the first place?
Given these questions, one
would call the play a journey into
the Night Cafe. It doesn't quite
reach beyond, but it is full of
possibilities and all the information is there to eventually allow
us to see order in the pattern of
madness.
David Mackay should be       \l  T(
commended for shaping the
material of his play without mfraiiarge
pretension and with a spirited    £«
sense of comedy. The acting is     reatur,ng
strong all around, especially the ,oa0u,tel"
performances of Murphy as Van Sufu
Gogh and Porter as The Woman.
Beyond the Night Cafe is a
funny, unpredictable journey
through the mind of madness,
leaving you guessing as much as-I
it leaves you laughing.
MAN
Cambrian Hal
215 E. 17th
Sept. 11,12 &13
A Rubicon Equity Co-op a'
Further beyond the Fringe
The Ubyssey conducted a
random survey of Fringe goers to
determine particularly good
shows that were not selected by
the VECC to carry on to its
Beyond The Fringe. All ofthe
following shows will run from
September 14-16 on the Fringe
site at the venues indicated.
No Place Like Home
Heritage Hall, 4:45 p.m. $7
The victim as actor in an exceptional piece about child abuse.
Hankie strongly advised.
Flaming Idiots
Arcadian Hall, 4:30 p.m. $6
Gyro, Pyro and Miller wow the
laughter out of their audiences
through physical and psychic
feats of amazement.
Life After Birth
Cinderella Ballroom,
12:00 noon $6
Get to know about your pre-
conscious self from your parents'
side ofthe fence. It goes to the
core.
Man To Man
Cambrian Hall, 9:45 p.m. $7
The European style is distinctive
and refreshing. Working class,
feminist and historical themes
are handled superbly.
Freedom of Speech
Anza Club, 8:45 p.m. $5
A delightful, eclectic mix of
comedy, rap and jazz, rife with
social awareness. You will love
the energy of the performer.
Get your hands dirty
by Greg Davis
From the slime and bile of
writer James Lewis' mind cometh
the Mudman!     	
Fringe Festival
Mudman
White Crane Studio
Fri, Sat, Sun, 2pm
Mudman marks Lewis' debut
as playwright, producer, and director and depicts the plight of
Larry, a mild-mannered, middle-
class, suburbanite. One night, on
his way home from work, Larry is
attacked by the Mudman, a filthy
looking derelict with _ a similar
personality and vocabulary as Blue
Velvet's Frank Booth. The violent
scene that ensues makes it appropriate that the play is held in the
basement of a Kung Fu studio.
After the Mudman kicks the
shit out of Larry, he breaks down
emotionally, showing his love and
sense of betrayment towards
Larry. When Larry was a child he
unleashed his repressed angers
and anxieties on a doll, which he
subsequently buried in the woods.
But now the doll has returned in
the form ofthe Mudman, a demon
evoking all the fears and fantasies
from Larry's past.
"You never know whether he's
real or made up," said Lewis.
"Maybe he'sareal person who takes
on Larry's fears, the Saddam
Hussein of Larry's psyche."
Actor Paul Weare manages to
convey the transformation ofLarry,
from being child-like and insecure
to taking on the violent characteristics of the Mudman. The
Mudman goes through a similar
transformation after being symbolically bathed by Larry's wife,
shedding his brutal nature and
emerging calm and gentle, freed
from his need for Larry.
Murray D. Meadows is powerful and passionate in his role as
Larry's grimy nemesis, reali stically
portraying all the worst qualities
of a raging vagrant, yet with a
commpassionate soul underneath
all the soil.
Michelle Grana is convincing
not only as Larry's wife, but as the
roles of mother, adultress, and
spiritual redeemer that the wife
acts out.
The play is slightly unrefined
in its presentation, but essentially
exciting, fun, and thought provoking. It should delight anyone
who has wanted to cast off all inhibitions imposed by society and
go on a howling rampage.
Rude enough to be on
the fringe of the Fringe
by Harald Gravelsins
The Fringe has its own fringe
element. The newest theatre has to
struggle to get itself seen even at a
festival jdedicated to alternative
theatre.
FRINGE THEATRE
Inseparable Opposites
A Rude Works Presentation
Cambrian Hall
Fri-Sat, 11:45 p.m.
Not all Fringe venues are easy
to play, and not all time slots will
draw the crowds. Reviewers from
the commercial press go with the
flow and miss out on much of the
newest theatre. Even at the Fringe,
politics and money affect the outcome. Prime time at Heritage Hall
means big bucks and a media spotlight.
Rude Works is among the theatre companies at the outer Fringe.
Its first appearance at the Fringe
was in 1989, with its show Side
Effects. This year Rude Works is
back with Inseparable Opposites, a
production that deals with multiple
relationship conflicts involving a
couple (Neil Corbett and Wend
Pope) and the woman's two best
friends from high-school (Brenda
Hildebrandt and Darleen Bedard).
Careers, money, sex, friendship, competition, misunderstandings and reconciliations. We are all
familiar with thi s stuff but can it be
made into good theatre? Rude
Works goes the distance with it and
does surprisingly well.
This is ensemble acting that
surpasses itself. It gets to a sizzle
and then starts to smoke. The actors strip all pretense from the craft
of acting. Their technique is their
guts.
"Actors all want to look good
on stage," said Corbett, founding
member of Rude Works. Many actors, he said, play to an exclusive
crowd of actors and theatre people,
and strive for recognition through
traditional roles that showcase
their talents in predicable ways.
Corbettbelievesingoingastep
further. He is passionately committed to presenting new theatre,
working with new methods of acting, and building new audiences.
And he takes persona] risks.
Compared to Side Effects, the
social horizon of Rude Works' current show is far more constricted.
There is no underlying social commentary that is being urged onto
the audience.
Instead, with Inseparable
Opposites, Rude Works focuses on
the presence and immediacy ofthe
relationships being acted out. Acting in this case needs explanation.
The script for the show was developed over six months through a
process of improvisation and
gradual script development. The
script and the actors are, literally,
inseparable.
The result is acting grounded
in the performers' beings. Audiences will find the dialogue natural, the tension electrifying, and
the vulnerability ofthe characters
wonderfully embarrassing and
genuine.
It will be interesting to see
Rude Works attempt to combine
the authenticity achieved in Inseparable Opposites with the
punchy social commentary we saw
in Side Effects.
8 /THE UBYSSEY
September 14,1990
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by Matthew Johnson
"You are what you watch."
This is the message The Media Foundation, an
advertisingwatchdoggroupbasedin Vancouver, wants
the North American public to see.
The group claims that, on average, North Americans spend one
third of their waking hours watching television, and according to
publisher Kalle Lasn, "Now, for
the first time, people are starting
to call it an addiction."
Comprising of volunteer and
full-time filmmakers, artists, and
people in the publishing business -
most of whom are Canadian - The
Media Foundation is trying "to get
a debate going on about TV addiction, and the pros and cons of how
we watch TV."
"At the moment TV sells 12
minutes per hour (for advertising),
pushing consumption. What we'd
like to do is take over some of that
time, maybe three of those minutes
overthe next ten years." said Lasn.
"The idea is that once you control
the advertising, you can redefine
the ad industry, and once you control the ad industry, you can redefine television."
The group is beginning a campaign to produce and air a set of
ads called "The Tubehead". These
ads feature ordinary people, all of
whom have their heads stuck in
television sets; all of whom are
painfully, and unsuccessfully
trying to yank the sets off their
heads.
The spots only last fifteen
seconds, and the slogan is "Don't
spend your life in the tube."
"Ifyou have people zombied
out on TV for 4 hours a day, you
can't solve anything. They're
zonked out," said Lasn.
The strategy behind the
campaign is to start airing the
ads in Vancouver, and then
spread out to both Canadian and
American markets in the next
year.
This is not the first media
campaign The Media Foundation
has tried to run.
"Our first ad was an ad about
the rain forest. We had seen the
"Forest forever" ads, and a few of
us came up with an ad saying,
"hey, things aren't that great.'
When we tried to run the ads, we
discovered that you can't just buy
ad time, due to the politics ofthe
media," said Lasn.
The University of British Columbia
Frederic Wood Theatre
• • • presents • • •
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by Arthur Miller      Directed by John Juliani
September 19-29
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You Can't Take It With You
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10 /THE UBYSSEY
September 14,1990 FEATURE
Busters
The Media Foundation tried
to buy ad time for their anti-logging ads from the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation, and the
ads were rejected. The group then
approached the CBC and the three
main U.S. networks with the
Tubehead" ads.
All three U.S. networks rejected the ads and, according to
Lasn, only four spots have run on
CBC.
"We'd like to win the right to
walk into a TV station and buy
time without being censored,"
Lasn said.
CBC spokesperson, Ron
Jakes, said that upon receiving
the "Tubehead" and the forest ads,
the' scripts were sent to offices in
Toronto and Ottawa. There, the
forest and some ofthe "Tubehead"
scripts were rejected under the
"Advocacy Advertising" policy.
According to Jakes, this policy
- which is outlined in a booklet
sent to all prospective advertisers
- states that ads submitted by an
advocacy or lobbying group that
promote a particular opinion or
incite the viewers to take a certain action will not be aired.
He said corporations can air
non-commercial ads because they
are more akin to "corporate statements" than advocacy advertising.
Jakes said the CBC's policy is
to give advocacy and lobby groups
exposure in news content rather
than commercial spots, and that
The Media Foundation has received considerable exposure
through CBC's news coverage.
In addition to the "Tubehead"
campaign, The Media Foundation
is mounting a new campaign called
"The Dirty Dozen", calling for a
boycott of the top twelve magazines whose primary income is
from cigarette ads. They are also
mounting a boycott of Phillip-
Morris, a major international
cigarette manufacturer.
The Media Foundation publishes aquarterly magazine called
Adbusters: A magazine of media
and environmental strategies.
Lasn says that "it is distributed
all over North America (including
the UBC Bookstore), in 27 U.S.
cities, so we have a bit of a toehold in the U.S. as well as Canada.
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Getting to know your TA
Well, well. Another school
year begins. For those of you
attending UBC for the first time,
welcome—for those returning, no,
UBC didn't disappear over the
summer...last year was not just a
bad dream. This article is not just
for "frosh", but also for 2nd, 3rd,
and 4th year students (and perhaps nth years as well) who have
learned to survive seminars and
laboratories, but may not yet have
taken advantage of the helpful
resource known as the T.A. (short
for Teaching Assistant...not to be
confused with Truant Academic,
Troubled Atheist or
Total Asshole, any
of which you may
meet day to day on
campus).
Generally as
your university career winds down,
you will have had
some degree of interaction with
your T.A.—he/she may have successfully ignored you, or you may
have successfully "escaped" from
her/his attempts to assist your
learning. With the wisdom ofthe
ages behind us, we the selfless
have decided to put pen to paper
and suggest ways to improve this
interaction.
1) Do not be intimidated by the
T.A. We don't bite. Well, actually,
some of us may if provoked. But
at least we're rabies-free. Most of
us anyways.
2) Ask us lots of questions. Remember—there's no such thing as
a "dumb" question. Actually there
are dumb questions, but as TA.'s
we've probably already asked the
Prof the same question. Make us
feel good by asking us. Most T.A.'s
are eager and willing to offer their
assistance, and are probably the
next best thing to the Prof.   We
don't pretend to know all the answers (that's the Prof s job) but at
least we won't talk your ear off
about the aesthetics of insect reproductive structures, etc. For
those students who have had previous bad experiences with their
T.A., well, you're probably jerks
and deserved it. But seriously,
we all have our bad days...give us
a second chance. Remember,
T.A.'s are human beings too, (except maybe those doing physiology degrees...but we won't go into
that), and will make the time to
answer your questions carefully.
We sympathize with your situation having been there before.
3) Remember we are being paid
to help you. there are probably a
few T.A.'s who may not want to
have anything to do with the student—be a good consumer and
demand your money's worth.
Contrary to popular belief, T.A.'s
do not exist merely to make life
hell for the student (the union
dropped that clause years ago).
Often, it seems the other way
around—in addition to our own
course work and research we face
pressure from the Prof and the
students to finish marking, set
up labs, etc. (Tears, violin solos,
etc. can be forwarded through this
publication).
4) Don't expect the T.A. to do all
the work for you. Remember,
even in the face of bribery with
cash, sexual favours, etc., no student has yet figured out a way to
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get a T.A. to write the final. An
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student: should you find your T.A.
in the Pit or in line for morning
coffee do you think it would improve his/her attitude towards you
if you sprung for a cold brew or a
cinnamon bun? Actually, even acknowledging her/his existence
with a smile and a greeting will
probably accomplish the same
thing. The authors refuse to discuss sexual favours—what do you
think this is, the Engineers' newsletter?! For further information
on this delicate
subject, students
are directed to AMS
President Kurt
Preinsperg.
5) Flatter the T.A.
Ask her/him about
Grad School, their
research, and don't be afraid to
ask about things outside the lab
material: which courses are "easy",
where to buy the cheapest beer,
etc. Egos are marvellous things.
6) Finally, know the limits of the
T.A.'s extensive powers. We can't
alter University policy at the drop
of the hat. We can't (usually)
change exam dates, grant
supplemental or even change your
lab section. But we can tell you
how to go about doing any of the
above. We will even take complaints about the course and pass
them on.
So take heed of our words of
enlightenment (we may set a surprise quiz for next week). Best of
luck with the school year.
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NDP slam Vander Zalm -
again and again and again
by Niko Fleming
On Tuesday there was a Critical Message from Mike Harcourt
of the New Democratic Party
sticking out of my mailbox. Wow!
My first piece of propaganda for
the upcoming provincial battle. It's
from Mike himself, and of critical
importance to me. It must explain
all of the wonderful things the
N.D.P. is going to do for B.C., and
why I should vote for them. Well,
I should have read the label more
carefully. The key word here is
critical. Would anyone care to
guess whom the N.D.P. is being
critical of?
In the four pages, the name
Vander Zalm appears thirteen
times, usually in the context of
"Bill Vander Zalm and his never
ending line-up of political friends
and insiders." The evils of the
Socreds are explained at great
length. They are portrayed as tired,
out of touch, and intolerant, a government that consistently imposes
its own personal and religious beliefs on the rest ofthe community.
Vander Zalm himself doesn't listen, refuses to admit his own mistakes, and won't change—even
when given strong evidence of disapproval in the last six by-elections.
The body ofthe letter reminds
us of some of the Socreds' less
popular actions: Vander Zalm's
stance on abortion, the banning of
an informational video on AIDS,
the Bill Reid scandal, the Bud
Smith cover-up of the Bill Reid
scandal, and the Expo land sale
fiasco. In contrast to this, only half
a page is spent briefly and vaguely
outliningthe N.D.P.'s commitment
to fair and open government.
Harcourt pledges to protect the
environment as well as jobs, improve hospitals and health care,
and promote women's equality and
fair taxes. In other words, there is
no real platform but they are going
to be all things to all people.
This is unfortunate, because
the N.D.P. has a lot to be positive
about. They are deserving of support, if only because they have not
yet proven themselves completely
devoid of an ethical value system
(something which I strongly believe a government should possess).
I have confidence in Harcourt's
ability to competently run the
province, as he did the City of
Vancouver. This contest between
Harcourt and Vander Zalm should
have the same result as their mayoral election in 1984.
The annoying thingaboutthis
message is that I agree with it, but
it contains nothing new. Yes, the
Socreds are an intolerant, unethical, scandal-ridden party. Voters
know that already. What the letter lacks are positive reasons to
support the N.D.P. rather than the
Rhinoceros or Reform Party. All it
contai ns is negative rhetoric and a
plea for funds, presumably to finance more negative rhetoric. Why
is this?
A clue might be found in an
article published in the Vancouver
Sun on the same day, which described the results of a poll commissioned by the N.D.P. to research
opinions in B.C. The poll found
that the first priority among voters was the removal of the Socred
government from power, and the
second was the removal of Premier
Vander Zalm (this was a reversal
of their usual rankings). The main
reasons given were scandals, im
position of personal values, and an
unwillingness to listen, change, or
admit when they're wrong. Haven't
we seen these somewhere before?
The N.D.P. admitted that many of
the questions were loaded, but declined to turn over the questionnaire to the Sun because it might
give away N.D.P. campaign tactics.
Itis afair assumption that the
loaded questions gave a list of
Socred sins, from which those
polled chose the ones that bothered them the most. The closely
guarded campaign taictics are now
obvious: hit those issues hard and
repetitively. The N.D.P. is just
repeating to voters what they apparently already believe. They
don't seem to feel a need to put out
positions of their own. I they think
that the Socred government will
be voted out no matter what, then
those tactics may be valid. But as
the Liberals learned to their dismay in Ontario, it doesn't pay to
take the electorate for granted. We
already know how messed up the
Socreds are! Let's hear something
about the N.D.P.'s long and
honourable commitments to education, health and social programs,
and help for people other than
wealthy businessmen.
If this negative level of campaigning is their choice, then they
can conduct it without the help of
my money. That statement, coming from me, probably isn't going
to make the high party echelons
tremble with fear. The problem is
that I just might not be the only
person who feels this way. As
Mike points out in his letter, the
N.D.P. depends entirely on people
like me for its campaign funds.
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"If anything, people should be outraged at the
liberal senators trying to stop us doing what we were
elected to do!" — John Crosbie
If anything, people should be outraged at the way
the enormously unpopular Mulroney government seems
to have made up its mind to ram through every piece of
legislation it can before getting chased out of office at
the very next opportunity.
Mulroney, nursing a ninety per cent disapproval
rating, managed to keep a low profile during most of
the summer, as the country came crashing down around
his ears.
Losing patience with those pesky Canadians who
do not want to play ball with his idiotic regressive tax
scheme, Mulroney has taken it upon himself to
steamroll over everyone else in his bid to win the
Senate for the Conservative party, even at the cost of
losing the rest of Canada.
In thel984 election, Mulroney attacked Prime
Minister John Turner on the basis ofhis appointments
to the Senate. The cries of "Patronage" chased Turner
and the Liberals out of office, a humiliation Turner was
never able to put behind him.
In the past two weeks Mulroney has thrown out
the window any respect he had managed to hang on to.
He has appointed, as of Thursday, ten new members to
the Senate, all of whom have two things in common: an
unwillingness to think for themselves and an
unswerving loyalty to the Conservative party.
Among the new Tory lackeys is "Teflon John"
Buchanan, who resigned as premier of Nova Scotia
amidst a flurry of criminal allegations and an RCMP
investigation of his government's possible improprieties. Most deposed despots retire to Hawaii; in
Mulroney's reign, they retire to the Senate.
But that's not all! Overlooking the fact that the
Senate is supposed to act as a check and balance to the
House of Commons, Mulroney is determined to reset
the balance of power in his favour.
Last week, Mulroney threatened to apply a little
known section ofthe constitution (Section IV, subsection 26 for those of you playing along on your home
games) which would allow him to add up to eight more
senators over and above the normal maximum, simply
to sway an important vote.
This is no small matter. At no time since the
British North America Act of 186 7 was ratified has this
special power of the ruling party been used. Never.
What this means to we little people is that Mulroney
has stated he is perfectly willing to break a convention
that has stood since before confederation merely to
force unwanted, unpopular, and unnescessary legislation through both Houses of Parliament.
What's next? Will Mulroney try to remove this
peaceful blockade the same way he dealt with the
unrest at Oka - send the army into the Senate chambers?
Louis XTV was famous for claiming divine right to
rule, "L'etat, c'est moi." Someone should explain to
Mulroney that in Canada, in 1990, l'etat, ce n'est pas
Brian.
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the two built a mind altering device of such awesome proportions thai
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watched in utter horror, the machine turned them into responsible, literate
journalists, something Ernie Stelzer, Pawel Dudek, and Yggy King would
not tolerate in the Ubyssey offices. By the light ofa single matchflame, Davie
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set out to implement a counter-plan, which started George Oliver
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Letters
SGM was not
democratic
The controversy, and
ensuing confrontation, that
surrounded the AMS Special General Meeting was
unfortunate. The AMS
President, Kurt Preinsperg,
stated that the meeting was
sabotaged by "a group of
hecklers... who incited a
largely uninformed crowd to
vote no for the heck of it."
His words contradict his
actions, since the prospect
of an uninformed crowd
voting on motions which
change the AMS constitution is frightening indeed.
Although most of the motions were quite minor, some
might provoke controversy.
Also, the last motion on the
agenda called for the continuation ofthe capital levy
fee, generating approximately $390,000 dollars for
AMS capital projects annually.
The actions of the Coordinator of External Affairs, Jason Brett, were also
unfortunate. Duringthe first
part of the meeting (when
all the motions were passed),
when the call for an affirmative vote was made, he
urged the crowd to "raise
your beer cups". The partially inebriated audience,
hearing the invitation to
party, obliged, passing the
motion (the majority had no
knowledge of its content). It
is to his credit that he ceased
this practice partway
through the meeting; all
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further motions were defeated.
I was not personally opposed to any of the motions
considered at the SGM.
However, the abuse of the
democratic process, and the
prospect of a handful of students making decisions for
the entire student body, required some sort of protest.
The holding of the SGM at
the AMS barbecue was a response to the frustration of
the AMS executive at satisfying the quorum requirement for amending the AMS
constitution. Perhaps some
sort of referendum, held in
conjunction with the distribution of the Inside UBC
booklet, might be a more
democratic solution.
Donald MacLean
Graduate Studies
Kurt abuses
office
Kurt Preinsperg has a
knack for abusing his role as
AMS President. Earlier this
year he used his office to
express personal beliefs and
convictions regarding the
EUS newsletter scandal.
Those statements went directly against AMS Council
resolutions.
This time Preinsperg
drags the student body into
the slime with his Vancouver
Province article (Sept. 6/90),
"31 hints to get you off to a
better start with woman of
your choice". As an individual Preinsperg has the
right to publish whatever is
lawful, but as "UBC student
president" he has no such
right. He misrepresents me
and many other students
when he connects his office
to such grossly sexist ideas.
The fact is that Kurt
Preinsperg has no clue that
his thoughts and behaviour
are dangerous. Passages like
"UBC is a terrific place for
friendship, love, and sex" are
appallingly inappropriate for
an Introduction to the official AMS student handbook.
Wasn't it Trudeau who said
a politician has no place in
the bedrooms of the people?
The Province article,
however, goes beyond inap-
propriateness. Preinsperg
offers a formulaic approach
to a homogeneous and alien
"other". "Getting" a woman
is not much different than
shearing sheep or wrangling
cattle. Women are not individual people with whom one
can have a relationship, but
rather generic sex projects.
Furthermore,
Preinsperg's advice promotes
inequality in female-male
power relations: "22. A
woman will love you for
helping build her self-esteem—so any criticism that
diminishes self-esteem is
bad. If you must criticize,
sandwich gentle words of
concern between sincere
words of appreciation."
"Tips" like this one suggest
not only that women get their
self-worth by how men perceive them but also that
women are too fragile to deal
with truth and that men have
some sort of elevated position
from which they can judge
women. Other points reinforce the irrelevancy of truth
and thereby promote the acceptability of building false
trust.
In sum, Kurt's article
on how to seduce women is
largely about manipulation:
"Don't bring up sex too soon.
A woman wants to feel comfortable in your company.
Establish common ground.
Women meet a lot of
sex-hungry creeps and may
be quick to stereotype you
as one of them."
This tactic clearly shows
that the male has an objective in mind (that is, sex)
and that by understanding
the female psyche, a male
can hide his intent well
enough to obtain that objective. Sex by manipulation and deceit is in effect
the same as sex by physical
force. It is rape.
Because I spent an hour
and a half discussing these
issues with Kurt Preinsperg,
I know he sees no harm in
publishing such material.
This fact makes Preinsperg
unsuitable as a representative ofa student body which
is more than 50% female.
The most frightening thing
is that he can see neither
the dangerous implications
ofhis "advice" nor the abusive nature of using his role
for expressing personal beliefs. I feel Kurt Preinsperg
is not competent to fulfill
the position of AMS President and should be impeached.
Paula Pryce
Arts 3
Clarification: In the editorial of Sept. 7, references to UBC as a "hunting ground" were incorrectly attributed to Kurt
Preinsperg. This phrase was added to his submission to the Province newspaper by columnist Kathy Tait.
Clarification: In the editorial of Sept.4, the motion to impose a $40 fee to pay for a new sports facility came from the UBC
Athletic Committee and not the Athletic Department.
14 /THE UBYSSEY
September 14,1990 LITTERS
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Kurt offends
The article written by Kurt
Preinsperg in the Province last
Thursday has caused both ourselves and countless other students
at UBC to re-examine his role as
representative ofthe student body.
As the compilation of his past
comments in the Ubyssey of Tuesday, Sept. 11 indicates, his attitude
towards relationships between
students is self-centered, sexist,
and far too vocalized. When relevant problems have emerged on
campus such as the question of
recycling at the AMS barbecue or
the discriminatory attitudes expressed by the Engineering Undergraduate Society in a newspaper last year, kurt's responses reflected his general apathy towards
student issues. Ten-cent refunds
for re-using plastic cups that will
be disposed of eventually anyway
and a classic liberal response defending freedom to express ideas
which perpetuate racism and sexism are not "solutions".
The article published in the
Province was not an isolated error
Also, Kurt declared in his letter that "the next major improvement will be a SUB northside expansion." How could he have said
this when he himself didn't even
know yet if UBC students had
approved the motion? Thus, does
our say not really count, and did
Kurt provide a student vote on the
expansion simply for show? Well,
so much for luxury student lounges
and democratic voting systems.
Oh yeah, one last thing. Kurt,
could you possibly add another
couch to that flawless lounge, preferably hke the new, plush one in
your office?
Sophia Harris
Arts
Kindness lives on
Something happened today
that will make me believe in human
nature for a little while longer. My
friend left her wallet with $159 in
it in the bookstore (probably in the
area where students leave their
backpacks). The next day someone
from the bookstore phoned to say
that my friend's wallet, with the
of judgement, but an example of $159 still in it, had been turned in
Kurt's basic unfitness for the office
of AMS President. As a result, we
have decided to circulate a petition
asking for the question ofhis recall
to be addressed in a referendum in
October. We need signatures from
everyone who is tired of listening
to mindless drivel from a man who
is supposed to represent your interests.
Anyone interested in helping
out with the petitions please call
685-4883 and leave a message.
Pam Costanzo Arts 3
Alison Bain   Arts 3
Graham Cook  Arts 2
Kurt deceived me
Did Kurt dig out a thesaurus
when he concocted his letter, "Kurt
at Large" in the Sept. 7th edition
of The Ubyssey? I love the words
that he used to describe the new
lounge upstairs in SUB that the
AMS has provided us: inviting,
robust, attractive, comfortable. He
also doesn't forget to add that
there's "light coming from the
courtyard" that shines on this
wondrous lounge where students
can "read, talk, study, relax,
snooze" and yes, "get acquainted"!
It almost sounds too good to be
tru-. And, it is. In reality, this
blissful sounding lounge consists
of e. jctly two medium sized sofas
and hree grey coloured armchairs,
all oi which are cramped together
into one tiny space. The whole setup could seat about eleven people,
thirteen ifyou really squeezed together on the couches. Consequently, the place looks more like
the reception area in a doctor's
office than a student lounge.
Is this Kurt's (and I have to
say pathetic) way of making up for
his absurd cry to "forgive the
'geers," his sexist piece of garbage
in The Province newspaper, and
the fact that he hasn't really moved
mountains here at UBC?
Thank you to the person who
anonymously forwent $159 and
returned the wallet. If only everyone were like you.
John Lipscomb
AMS Finance Co-Ordinator
I want out now
Dear Kurt,
According to the Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
everyone has as one ofthe fundamental freedoms the freedom of
association (Constitution Act, 1982,
Part I, 2. (d)). What that means is
that no organization shall have the
right to force people into joining.
Hence, I request that you take
my name off the AMS membership
list immediately; and further, that
you notify the registration office
that I shall not be charged any
AMS membership fees now or in
the future. Included is my AMS
sticker for the 1990/91 winter semester, which was stuck on my
library card by a defiant library
employee against my will.
Robin Muehlebach
Practice what you
preach
The Editor,
The Graduate,
Graduate Student Centre.
In the September issue of
The Graduate the following is
to be found on p. 12, regarding
UBC and The Environment:
The "UBC and the Environment" statement emphasizes
the three "R's"—reduce re-use
and recycle, "to minimize the
adverse impact of this institution on the environment".
Brave words indeed, but,
I'm afraid, EMPTY ones. It
seems that every student that
ever there was came back to
campus after the summer hav
ing forgotten every rule about
impact on the environment—in
fact I've come to the conclusion
that every student must be used
to having a personal servant
one step behind to clean up their
mess. I was on campus over the
weekend, —it must have
snowed pop cans, beer cans and
bottles, and chip bags, because
the place was littered, from end
to end.
Whenever I am on campus I
carry a plastic bag specifically
to collect such items which are
tossed hither, thither and yon.
Between the student parking
lot south of the hospital, and
Woodward IRC I collected 11
cans and bottles on Saturday
morning, and on Sunday morning there was such a mess round
the frat houses I could only
conclude that they were inhabited by beer-swilling pigs.
Why do supposedly intelligent people (after all, students
must have some reason for being on campus) feel they can
throw their garbage wherever
they like. Who do they think
should clear up after them? The
hiker's rule is "pack it in, pack
it out"—but students seem to
feel that reducing, reusing and
recycling may be the
catchphrase of the decade, but
it doesn't apply to THEM, they
obviously have the god-given
right to toss their empties just
anywhere.
Most birds and animals
have more sense than to 'foul
their own nests', and yet the
human species not only fouls
its nest, it seems to expect that
after the Lord Mayor's show,
the muck-cart will automatically follow behind to clear up
the mess.
Students may rack up credits towards their various degrees, but they sure flunk Environment 101. Is the answer
EDUCATION??? Is the answer
'garbage police'??? Perhaps the
answer is in the individual conscience—a conscience to put
their garbage where it belongs—in the garbage can, AND
NOWHERE ELSE.
Incidentally, while on the
subject of garbage cans—should
there not be on campus separate collection barrels for cans
and glass next to every trash
can? Why put these items in
the trash cans at all, they are
NOT trash, they are recyclable,
even returnable for deposit—
perhaps some impoverished
student society could make a
few extra bucks by organizing
such collections, and returning
the bottles and cans to collect
the refund for the society's
coffers.
Come on, students, SHAPE
UP, OR SHIP OUT. Campus
does not need litterbugs like
you. Put your actions where
your philosophies are—don't
just PREACH recycling,
PRACTICE IT.
Rosemary Taylor
Adult Education
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effects of perestroika on Jews
For the first time in Canada,
a Soviet ambassador has
addressed a Jewish audience
on the question of perestroika
and Soviet Jewry.
by David Chivo
Ambassador M. Evgueny
Kochetkov, the Consul General of
the Soviet Union in Montreal,
talked Wednesday to a group of
about one hundred people at
Temple Beth Israel. He explained
the consequences of the changes
in his country and how they will
affect Jews living there.
Kochetkov said that the reforms in the Soviet Union are
nothing short of revolutionary
bacause they are affecting "every
sphere of life".
"We are undergoing an ideological revolution, in that we are
adopting new laws which have
created a multi-party system as
well as multi-party elections."
Speaking on the financial
situation of the Soviet Union,
Kochetkov recognized the need to
restructure and said openly that
a market-oriented system will be
introduced.
"Gorbachev's economic reforms are based on the objective
to marry efficiency with creativity. While the achievements of
previous socialism must be preserved, we must modernize by establishing a regulated market
economy."
"The difficulty now is how to
implement economic changes in
the USSR. The devil is in detail.
The 'Great Debate' in our country
is whether to introduce a common
centre market economy slowly or,
as Yeltzin wants, implement this
system immediately without a
period of stabilization."
"There is great impatience
with Perestroika as people insist
on results now. The centre [the
Kremlin] is too slow for most
people, so the Republics react by
implementing changes very fast.
The real problem is that there are
too many demands and not enough
is done; people talk and talk, but
work less and less."
Kochetkov believes Perestroika
is the only solution for the problems
in the Soviet Union. "There is no
way back for us," he said. He is
optimistic about its chances for
success not only in an economic
sense but also in a social dimension.
"Our country was born out of
revolution by people who truly believed they could build a better society. Then came Stalinism for
which we are sorry. We therefore
are trying to rectify the past by
building a great and multi-cultural
country," Kochetkov said.
"We have adopted new laws
which allow for all freedoms. The
press is free from censorship as is
literature. Soon a new law will be
passed allowing freedom to emigrate from the Soviet Union as well."
The ambassador related these
changes to the Jewish population
in the USSR. Kochetkov said the
Jews in the Soviet Union are an
asset to his country calling them a
"precious element of our society."
For those who want to leave
the Soviet Union, Jews and non-
Jews alike, the ambassador said
departure will soon be
easier than ever. Kochetkov said
105,000 exit permits were issued to
Jews last year, a whopping 350%
increase over just five years ago.
The only "refuseniks", according to
the ambassador, are those whohave
financial obligations, criminal
records, or are aware of classified
information. The last group of these
"refusniks" though, those who pose
a security risk, will also be allowed
to leave after a five year waiting
period.
A member of the audience
pointed out that among the
"refusniks"is a 78 year old botanist
who, for unknown reasons, is not
allowed to leave. The ambassador
responded saying that his government will give full explanation as
to why a particular person is not
allowed to leave upon receiving an
official request from the Canadian
government.
Although the Soviet Union is
facilitating the exit requirement
for Jews, Kochetkov said that his
country regrets their departure.
"We hate to see them (the
Jews) leave. It is an immense brain-
drain for our country as they include some of the best educated
people."
On the topic of Jewish persecution in the Soviet Union,
Kochetkov said it is a goal of
Gorbachev to wipe out anti-
Semitism.
"Organizations such as
Pamyat (a Russian nationalist and
anti-Semetic movement) are scattered groups looking at the past
because of discontentment. The sea
of glasnost allows for all points of
view. However, new anti-discrimination laws protect minorities and
are used to prosecute Pamyat
people charged with criminal offences."
Although the ambassador
played down the role of Pamyat in
Soviet society, another member of
the audience pointed out that
Rasputin, a politician who is affiliated with Pamyat ideology, was
recently elevated to the inner circle
of the Gorbachev cabinet. In response to this revelation Kochetkov
dismissed Rasputin as only being
"nostalgic" but vowed that if he is
found to be anti-Semitic, he would
be removed from office.
Discussing Soviet-Israeli relations, the ambassador said they
are still strained due to the results
ofthe 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
"The normalization of relations between our countries can
only come once the Middle East
situation is solved. This may, in
fact, take some time."
Kochetkov did reveal some
reason for hope telling the audience that Israeli Housing Minister
Ariel Sharon was in Moscow recently to work out a deal for Soviet
construction of buildings in his
country.
Furthermore, the ambassador
announced that a new inquiry has
been formed to uncover the truth
about the imprisonment and death
of former Swedish diplomat Raoul
Wallenberg, who helped thousands
of Jews who were to be deported to
Nazi death camps. This investigations includes members ofthe KGB
as well as Swedish and Canadian
representatives.
Kochetkov concluded by saying that Perestroika paved the way
for a new world peace to emerge,
following the uncertainty of the
cold war.
"Internationally, Gorbachev
and the Communist Party no longer
base their foreign policy on ideology; we prefer to leok at the world
objectively now rather than try to
politically convert other countries."
The meeting with Ambassador Kochetkov revealed that there
is genuine hope for favorable
changes in the Soviet Union.
Kochetkov's willingness to meet
witha Jewish audience to candidly
discuss the situation ofhis nation
indicates that the USSR not only
realizes that closer ties with the
West are essential to its future,
but it must come to terms with
groups and peoples which the nation has historically persecuted.
16 /THE UBYSSEY
September 14,1990

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